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Muslim organizations feel the brunt in MP
|The story of SIMI has probably gone
beyond the boundaries of Uttar Pradesh where several members of the SIMI
were arrested allegedly in connection with bomb explosions in different
parts of the state on the eve of Independence Day on 15 August.
In a series of actions against the Students Islamic Movement of India the
Madhya Pradesh Police arrested a number of the SIMI activists in different
cities of the state including Ujjain, Indore and Bhopal. The police have
charged its cadres with serious crimes under different sections of the
SIMI activists as well as the common Muslims in the state have taken
strong note of the police actions in Uttar Pradesh where a number of
activists of the outfit were arrested. As the reports show, Muslims led by
the SIMI organized several rallies and sit-ins protesting against the
arrest of SIMI activists in UP.
The police subsequently arrested on 21 October 15 people in Ujjain. They
all were cadres of the SIMI and included one Ansar (active member) of the
outfit. The next day on 22 October the ire of the police fell on the
cadres of the outfit in Indore city where police arrested 14 people and
the next day, i.e. 23 October, six activists of the organization were
arrested in Bhopal .
Police apparently arrested several members of other organizations taking
them as activists of the SIMI. In Indore two members of the
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind were arrested by the police along with SIMI
activists. On the same day, an active member of the Tablighi Jamaat was
also arrested in Indore. Another youth-a member of the Students Islamic
organization was also arrested on the same day from the same city. The two
members of the Jamaat-e-Islami who were arrested were identified as
Muhammad Ishaq and Anwar Ahmad. The worker of the Tablighi Jamaat who was
arrested from the city was Muhammad Yasin. All these people were released
in the evening.
In Ujjain an unfortunate incident occurred. The persons who were arrested
were sent to the city jail though they were released in the evening. It
was Friday when they were arrested. So these detainees wanted to offer
Friday prayers. As the reports say, the jail authorities did not want them
to do so. But when they insisted they were attacked by some Bajrang Dal
activists at the behest of the jail authorities. Several of the detainees
were injured severely in the incident.
According to sources the people have taken strong note of the incident. In
Indore a big rally was organized protesting against the attitude of the
administration. In Bhopal the people have formed a Muslim Action Committee
to take action against the police move. This Action committee took out a
protest march in Bhopal on 26 October.
It is not known why the police arrested members of the Jamaat-e-Islami,
Tablighi Jamaat and SIO in this episode. These organizations have nothing
to do with the SIMI and have no relation with it. When this correspondent
tried to know the reaction of the Jamaat, a senior secretary in the
organization said that they are not aware till now why their cadres were
arrested. But it seems that they were arrested as they might have been
taken as the activists of the SIMI. Ridiculing the administration the
office-bearer said that when Jamaat was banned in 1992 the police arrested
four people in Lucknow and said that they were Jamaat's activists. We
tried to inquire as to who was arrested, but all our members were safe.
When some of our genuine members were also arrested they tried to inquire
about the people arrested earlier. On inquiry it came out that police had
arrested three people who had no relations with Jamaat at all. One of the
three was a motor mechanic Islam. He was arrested because of his name as
the police had thought that he is attached to Jamaat-e-Islami. Others’
case was also no different.
In the meantime the police have released on bail all the three members of
the outfit who were arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri in UP. Four cadres of the
outfit named earlier in the same case are absconding since the arrest of
the trio. When the Milli Gazette enquired about them, Safdar Nagori, the
secretary general of the outfit said that the organization has ordered
them to do so. He said that the outfit is challenging the whole case in
the court. Regarding the Azamgarh case too Safdar Nagori said that the
outfit has challenged it in Allahabad High Court.